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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is Lent and as with the tradi- tion of the season I have given up a troublesome vice. It's not chocolate or alcohol or any of the typical fare. I am giving up my credit card. It is not that I have driven my- self in to debt by any means or that I have a any problem of sorts. The challenge is the ease with which I use it without considering whether or not I really need the item I am purchasing. It is a matter of wants vs. needs. I have clothes I've never worn, books I've never read, and let's not even talk about the shoes. It is just so easy to click or swipe without thinking twice. Sale in an email? Click. Ad on Facebook with a cute top from an area boutique? Click. Book in the Kindle that I wanted to read? What's a couple of bucks? Well, It might be a sale but I would probably save more mon- ey by getting what I should have got which is nothing. I have a closet that could do with a clean- ing and a whole lot of donating. I have a shelf full of books and a lo- cal library with even more oppor- tunities. While it may seem like a sim- ple thing, it already has been a struggle. Those impulse decisions are everywhere. I'm not saying I won't be mak- ing any purchases, but the tangi- ble nature of money is so much more real than the purchasing power of plastic. By getting rid of that simple temptation of ease the two extra seconds it takes to think about what I am buying makes all the difference. The babies need di- apers and milk and a healthy sup- ply of apple juice. I don't need Steve Madden platform pumps that will just break my ankle the second I step foot on the ice. Life is full of choices. Some- times the simple act of sacrificing something you rely on each day makes you realize how little of a sacrifice it actually is. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book.com. nice big black ones and one little Hello, I have a new pup. I picked him up from a neighbor. The pup, only a few months old had worn out his welcome on the neighbors ranch. My dog, Vem Baker, may be getting old. IfI carried a gun, he would not have to worry about aging, because ifhe's not in the wrong place, he is nmning to beat hell to get there. But, alas, he is good with the kids, and waits patiently in the pickup for me ifI get in a pinochle game. So I keep him around. Puppies are a nuisance. He chews up shoes, chases saddle horses, pees on the floor, and knocks our youngest grandson down. I had forgotten how patient one has to be to train a dog. Then I got to remi- niscing about one of our old dogs. His name was Ardly. That is short for Canardly. Canardly is short for Can Hardly. You can hard- ly tell what breed he is. It's a long story. Bob had a dog called J. Yeah, just J. J was a female border collie.And she could be one of the great dogs of all time. She ranched and roped and sorted cattle. Hat She could hold herd, sort pairs, and bring a dry cow out of the herd quietly. When Bob roped, J loaded the chute, cleared the arena, and pulled the pin. For you non ropers, pulling the pin lets the steer into the arena. J read brands and could count up to twenty-three. She was a beck of a dog. Bob had been trying to get her bred to the top cattle dogs in the country for twelve years. Every time a neighboring rancher had a good male dog, Bob would haul J up. Nothing doing. She did not have time for Lonesome, Lucky, Four, or any of the other handsome males that we used. J was destined to die an old spinster. No offense in- tended. Bob supposed J had reached the end of her pup rearing days. Or, Tips as they say, her reproductive clock was running out. ii Then along came the poodle._ From a neighboring development. He was a cool customer. All trimmed up. Black hat and black cuffs. And the cutest little black ball on the end of his tail. J had seen nothing like him in the Badlands ranches and rodeos she had been to. Nothing like The Poodle had came through the vet clinic for rabies shots or neu- tering. She fell head over heels for him. To make a long story short so it fits in the paper, I'll cut right to the heart of this story. The dog heart. J had puppies. It was a miracle. She was old and Bob had given up on her. But J had seven of the cutest Border Poodles you ever saw. Six runt. Buddi named them all. Roe was named for the attending vet, who sat up for two days and nights with J. Shadow was named for be- ing scared and stupid. They gave us the nmt. We named him Ardly. Cause, well, you know. We had to take Shadow too. So Ard- ly wouldn't be lonesome. You would never believe it. Ard- ly was good. Only three months old and worked cattle better than any dog we'd had since Lucky. He stops, goes, and minds you. He kept the heifers out ofthe way ofthe tractor and loaded the trucks or the chute. He killed rattlesnakes and went down in the holes after prairie dogs. I was going to enter him in one of those big dog shows in New York. This may be my chance to go down in history. I would have taken the credit because I discovered this tal- ented new breed. The Border Poo- dle! Later, Dean Samaritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have had a busy week last week with: Mar, di Gras, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year, and ended the week with a dance! Pictured is Joe Schmidt from Grand Forks who played on Feb. 20th for a full house. This week Feb. 22nd- 28th Feb. 22nd 2:30 Wor- ship w/Pastor Totman, Winter Storms Feb. 23rd 10am Em- broidery Group and Men's Time, lpm Baking Brown- ies, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bin- go Feb.24th 3:30 Bible Study Feb. 25th 11:15 Resi- dent Council, 3pm Bingo Feb. 26th 3pm Auxil- iary Hosted by The Feder- ated Church, 6:30 Movie Night Feb. 27th 10:30 Nail Time, 2pm Memorial Service w/Pastor Hin- richs Feb. 28th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next week March 1 st-7th Mar. 1 st 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Masko, Trivia Lamb or Lion Mar. 2nd 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1 pm Mak- ing Wild Rice Soup, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Mar. 3rd 3:30 Bible Study Mar. 4th 3pm Bingo Mar. 5th 2:30 Devotions w/ Photo: Sulitted Communion, 3:15 Piano w/Father Luiten, 6:30 Movie Night Mar. 6th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Rummage Sale Mar. 7th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to all our Volunteers; Pastor Totman, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Arnold Braaten, Lorene Larson, Jeanean McMil- lan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, The Federated Church, Terry Hagen, Father Luiten, and any others I may have missed. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. ToP 5 Excuses WHY PSoPm WEAR THEm 5E00T BELTS Heal Walsh County Health District " ..... ""0" "°"° Short Shots . 2. me. 3. 4. 5. It'll wrinkle my clothes. The airbags will protect It s uncomfortable. I'm a good driver. Wearing a seat belt or not should be MY choice. Match a response from safety ex- perts that addresses each of these ex- cuses: • Of course you are, but you are driving among some very bad/dnmk/tired/distracted drivers. • It is a choice-you get to choose to die needlessly or walk away from a terrible crash! It is your choice! (ND law requires all front seat occupants to be buckled up and everyone under 18 to be buckled) • Would you rather wrinkle your FACE in a car crash? • No, air bags are designed to work with seat belts-you need to be belted in. I imagine in another 25 years peo- ple will look back and be amazed that we ever had to have a conver- sation about the importance of seat belt use. It will be the norm and the excuses would seem far out of touch. Seat belts save lives every day. Adapted from Traffic Safety Out- reach Program Manager Ryan Gell- ner NDaCO County News Committee Plans to Crash the 2016 Travel Guide "I can't believe it! Another mid- winter emergency meeting! Can't it wait until May?" grumbled Josh Dvorchak as he joined the town's other 12 electors in the community hall for a Homeland Security Committee meeting. "We all got this travel guide with the Living North Dakota magazine from the rural electrics and it told me that we better get some kind of attraction in next year's edition or dissolve the city," explained Chairperson Ork Dorken as he rapped the meeting to order with his bruised Coke bot- tle. 'Yeah!" ventured Alert Officer Garvey Erfald. "There were towns without people that had attractions listed. Alkabo had nothing but a rock for writing." "It seems most of our plans end up on the back burner," Ork ex- plained. "We have everything on the back burner and no lunch for today. We got to plan now if we're going to have anything ready in 2016!" "Some towns have only hunting lodges," Orville Jordan, the depot agent without a depot, noted. "There's one in Arena big enough for parties so if you can't find any- thing to hunt you can stay indoors and schottische all day." "We would need to combine a hunting lodge, a campground..." started Holger Danske when he was rudely interrupted by Dorsey Crank. "That would cost money for electric outlets and water spigots and we can't afford the investment with a bill coming in for graveling west street," Dorsey pointed out. "Don't be such a naysayer," Holger responded heatedly. "If we put the campground right here by the hall, we could run hoses and electricity out the back door when paying customers showed up." "A hunting lodge is out because we have nothing to hunt but rab- bits and people aren't going to come from Chicago to hunt rab- bits. Not even people from Fargo. They have their own rabbits." "Towns smaller than us - like Manfred - have pioneer muse- urns," Einar Stamstead ventured. "Pioneer museums are full of stuff abandoned by pioneers head- ing west," Madeleine Morgan, the Montana transplant, surmised. "All we got is the old black- smith shop with the rusted forge that nobody knows how to run be- cause the Rybas took the instruc- tions with them," Garvey recalled. "Otherwise, we could offer forge demonstrations." "If we had something like that hostfest show in Minot," Little Jimmy speculated. "Our show could feature the Irksville Washboard Band," Old Sievert proposed. "They're fantas- tic, just fantastic." "I never heard of them," Dorsey blurted. "Why, they were the stars at the Nogosek Township Hoedown in 1937," beamed Sievert. "Well, I don't think they're playing washboards anymore," observed Madeline. "Maybe harps, but not washboards. The only washboard around here is the mad to Pickert." "A lot of small towns have his- toric sites," noted Holgcr. "Maybe we could start a historic site." "You just can't start something historic," Garvey huffed. "His- toric sites have to be old. A new one wouldn't be historic." "I spose all of the historic sites have been claimed," mourned Einar. "An all of the buttes have been taken," added Josh. "If we want something older than a historic site, Valley City has some kind of dinosaur for sale," Dorsey volunteered. "It's a big bugger, but we could get it in this hall. People would come from all over to see it - and we could start a food bar featuring dinosaur soup, triclops sandwiches, caveman steak, and other primitive delica- cies." "Hold on! Too many ideas!" Orville exclaimed. "We need a committee to study this." Sensing the end, everyone rose and rushed out into the bitter Feb- ruary cold. The back burner just got an- other pot. 'You just can't start something his- toric,' Garvey huffed. 'Historic sites have to be old.A new one would- n't be historic'" Extension Exchange Mix Up Your Fnfits and Vegetables Do you find that incorporating fi'uits and vegetables into your diet is hard to do? You aren't alone. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the typical American only eats 59 percent of the recommended veg- etables and 42 percent of the fruits recommended. In North Dakota, about 39 percent of adults con- sume fruit less than once a day, and 27 percent of adults consume veg- etables less than once a day, the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Pre- vention report. March, National Nutrition Month, is a good lime to discover the many benefits of adding fruits and vegetables to your meals. A balanced diet includes all the food groups. First, fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of many chron- ic diseases, including heart disease and certain types of cancer. Second, fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Most Americans should eat more than 3 cups - and for some, up to 6 cups - of fruits and vegetables each day. However, vegetables and fruit don't just add nutrition to meals. They also can add color, flavor and texture. Explore these creative ways from ChooseMyPlate.gov to bring more fruits and vegetables to your table: • Fire up the griU. Use the grill to cook vegetables and fruits. Try grilling mushrooms, carrots, peppers or potatoes on a kabob skewer. Brush with oil to keep them from drying out. Grilled fruits such as peaches, pineapple or mangos also add flavor to a cookout. • Expand the flavor of your casseroles. Mix vegetables such as sautred onions, peas, pinto beans or tomatoes into your favorite dish for that extra flavor. • Planning something Italian? Add extra vegetables to your pasta dish.Slip some peppers, spinach, red beans, onions or cherry tomatoes into your traditional tomato sauce. Vegetables provide texture and low- calorie bulk that satisfies your hunger. • Get creative with your salad. Toss in shredded carrots, straw- berries, spinach, watercress, orange segments or sweet peas for a fla- vorful, fun salad. • Salad bars aren't just for salads. Try eating sliced fiuit from the sal- ad bar as your dessert when dining out. This will help you avoid any baked desserts that are high in calo- ties. • Get in on the stir-frying fun. Stir-fry veggies such as broccoli, car- rots, sugar snap peas, mushrooms or green beans for a quick and easy ad- dition to any meal. • Add veggies to your sand- wiches. Whether it is a sandwich or wrap, vegetables make great addi- tions. Try sliced tomatoes, romaine lettuce or avocado on your everyday sandwich or wrap for extra flavor. • Be creative with your baked goods. Add apples, bananas, blue- berries or pears to your favorite muf- fin recipe for a treat. • Make a tasty fruit smoothie. For dessert, blend strawberries, blue- berries or raspberries with frozen ba- nanas and 100 percent fruit juice for a delicious frozen fruit smoothie. • Liven up an omelet. Boost the color and flavor of your morning omelet with vegetables. Simply chop, saut and add them to the egg as it cooks. Try combining different vegetables, such as mushrooms, spinach, onions or bell peppers. Visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/food for more information about nutrition, building a healthy lifestyle with programs such as "Eat Smart. Play Hard." and "Nourishing Boomers and Beyond," and healthy recipes. Sources: .www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/ downloadsTen lps/DGTipsheetl OLiven UpY- ourMeals.pdf " ' • www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines : /dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf r Extension on Ag around the state Deadline to reallocate base acres, update payment yields is Feb. 27 Landowners have until Feb. 27 to make their decisions on yield up- dates and base reallocation at their county Farm Service Agency office, according to Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University Extension Serv- ice farm management specialist. The 2014 farm bill gives landowners a one-time opportunity to increase payment yields on their farms to 90 percent of the average yield produced on each farm from 2008 to 2012. "This is an oppommity landowners should not pass up," Aakre says. 'q'he payment yields on most farms are reflective of the yield history back to the early 1980s. Since then, considerable improvement in yields has occurred, so in many cases, this is an opportunity to adjust these yields to significantly higher levels. There is no downside risk to updating yields because the landowner can retain the existing payment yield if it is high- er than 90 percent of the average 2008 through 2012 yield." The decision to reallocate bases also must be completed by Feb. 27. This can be a more difficult decision because it is not obvious which crop bases will be more valuable in the furore. The current crop bases on most farms were developed by the histor- ical plantings of wheat and feed grains in the early 1980s, plus soybean and minor oilseed bases added in 2002. In some cases, bases for pulse crops were added in 2008. Landowners have to choose between keeping the existing mix of crop bases on their farms or the reallocated mix of crop bases. The reallocat- ed mix is determined by the percent of each covered commodity plant- ed and prevented planted on the farm from 2009 through 2012, so the choice is to keep the existing bases or accept the reallocated bases. Total acres of base crops on a farm will not increase. The crop mix has changed significantly during the last few years on many farms in this region. As a result, reallocation may result in some crop bases declining or even being eliminated, while other crop bases may be newly established or significantly increased. "The decision to reallocate bases or stay with existing bases is criti- cal because this farm bill provides a safety net (income support) deter- mined by base acres, not the crops actually produced on a farm," Aakre says. Across North Dakota and northwestem Minnesota, base reallocation often results in less wheat, barley and oat base acres and an increase in soybean, corn and minor oilseed base acres. Analysis suggests corn and canola bases will generate the largest pay- ments during this five-year farm bill. Wheat, barley and soybean bases are expected to result in less payments than com and canola, but significantly more than any of the other crop bases. The easiest decision would be to choose between existing bases or re- allocated bases depending on which option results in the greatest expected payments. "However, it is important to remember that the expected payments are nothing more than estimates as of today, but supply and demand factors will alter the price outlook through the next five years," Aakre says. "An- other way to look at base reallocation is to choose the option that most closely aligns with your expected crop rotation during the next few years." Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.